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A Matter of Life and Death

October 26, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

£15

A Matter of Life & Death is perhaps Powell & Pressburger’s greatest masterpiece, a marvelously clever romantic fantasy that was supposedly inspired by a real event in which a British pilot returning from a World War II bombing raid miraculously survived a terrible plane crash. Powell & Pressburger spin an inspired confection out of that story: the pilot (played here by David Niven at his most charming) survives only because the angelic “conductor” tasked with transferring his soul to heaven is blinded by a good old English fog. Complicating matters, Niven has also now fallen in love with the American radio operator who intercepted his mayday call. As a result, he must argue his case in a heavenly court to be allowed to remain on earth: if he wins he lives; if he loses he dies. In an even more ingenious twist, we gradually come to realise that Niven’s whole heavenly fantasy is actually only a figment of his imagination, prompted by a brain injury sustained in the crash. Yet his life or death still hangs in the balance.

Details

Date:
October 26, 2023
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
£15
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/parade-house-trowbridge/t-rpanopy

Organiser

Parade House
Phone
07976 766983
Email
simon@paradehousetrowbridge.co.uk
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Venue

Parade House
70 Fore Stree + Google Map
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